first_imgA police officer patrols outside Masjid Al Noor mosque after Friday`s mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 16 March 2019. Photo: ReutersThe massacre of Muslims at New Zealand mosques on Friday demonstrated the global reach of a white nationalist movement that preaches an imagined “European” ideal, rejects immigration and shares often vicious threats over the internet.It’s leaderless, fragmented, and relies for attention on lone-wolf type attackers like the 28-year-old Australian loner who allegedly killed 49 people Friday in Christchurch, explaining in a manifesto that he wants to “crush immigration” and revenge terror attacks on Europe.But experts say it is a cohesive movement bound together online that stretches across Europe into Russia, has a deep following in the US and Canada, and as Friday’s attack showed, is present in Australia and New Zealand.They say it poses as much of an international threat as Islamic extremism, and even more so in the United States where white nationalist attacks have outpaced those by jihadists for years.Flowers and signs are seen at a memorial as tributes to victims of the mosque attacks near Linwood mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 16 March 2019. Photo: Reuters“White nationalism and far-right extremism is the most prominent extremist threat facing the United States today, and indeed it is a worldwide phenomenon,” said Brian Levin, director of the Centre for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.”These folks fear demographic change. They use the term white genocide,” he said.Roots in 1930s, 1940sThe white nationalist movement has roots in concepts espoused decades ago by European and American fascists and neo-Nazis.French historian Nicolas Lebourg noted that the Christchurch suspect’s manifesto cited British 1930s fascist Oswald Mosley, who developed the idea of a planet organised by race.His use of the word “Europeans” for whites was first promoted in the late 1940s by American neo-Nazi Francis Parker Yockey.”White genocide” is an idea that appeared around 1972 in the United States, Lebourg noted, and was then popularised in Europe by French writer Renaud Camus.Indeed, the suspect’s manifesto was titled “The Great Replacement,” the title of a 2011 book by Camus, popular in white nationalist circles, that argued that non-white immigrants are supplanting white Europeans.People write on a sign at a memorial as a tribute to victims of the mosque attacks, near a police line outside Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 16 March 2019. Photo: ReutersBut their ideas are not uniform — some white nationalists are anti-Muslim, some anti-Jewish, some capitalist, others socialist.What unites them today, analysts say, is their fundamental opposition to immigration.Vanderbilt University professor Sophie Bjork-James said a common fear was that white Christians could become minorities in societies they have dominated for centuries.This has given rise to movements like the France-rooted “Identitarians,” and Identity Evropa in the United States.White nationalists have been further emboldened by the rise of politicians espousing traditionalist views and a tough line on immigration — from Marine Le Pen in France and Viktor Orban in Hungary to Russian president Vladimir Putin; and the UKIP party in Britain.The same holds true in the United States where president Donald Trump campaigned for the White House on an anti-immigration platform, backed by an overwhelmingly white voter base.Trump notoriously appeared to sanction the march by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, and has avoided condemning violence from the far-right.Bjork-James said, “They see him as an incredible opportunity to broaden their influence.”The Christchurch suspect called Trump “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”While he was swift to condemn the massacre, Trump courted controversy once again on Friday by saying he did not think it showed white nationalism to be a growing problem worldwide.”I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people,” he told reporters in the Oval Office.’Lone wolf strategy’Bjork-James said the internet, especially sites like GAB and Stormfront, have helped build a global community for the otherwise disparate white nationalists.”Stormfront is a global clearinghouse for white nationalism,” she said.It was filled with comments early Friday on the Christchurch attack, with some questioning the murder of women and children.One commenter rejected the debate, she noted, by saying chillingly: “Invaders are not innocent people.”People react after placing flowers at a memorial as a tribute to victims of the mosque attacks, near a police line outside Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 16 March 2019. Photo: ReutersShe said overall the movement operates consciously as a “leaderless resistance,” whose members aimed to inspire each other into action.”The lone-wolf attack is actually a part of a global strategy,” said Bjork-James.The Christchurch suspect wrote that he took inspiration from other white nationalists who undertook mass killings.He cited Anders Breivik, who slaughtered 77 people in Norway in 2011; Dylann Roof, who killed nine African-Americans in a US church in 2015; Alexandre Bissonnette, who murdered six in a 2017 attack on a Canadian mosque; and others like them.But Lebourg said that attacks more recently appear to have become part of a cycle of revenge, especially since the jihadist bombings that targeted France in 2015.The suspect’s manifesto supports that: he cites revenge for historical events and recent Islamic extremist attacks multiple times.The 2015 attacks were “a tipping point for all the supremacists,” Lebourg said. “Now revenge is in people’s heads.”last_img

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Multi-million dollar contracts end with Southwest Key Confirmation of new potential shelters comes as Austin-based non-profit Southwest Key closes down two Texas facilities, one in Conroe and another in Harlingen. The federal government ended those contracts due to an “unexpected loss of federal funding.”None of the new facilities would be run by Southwest Key. Children have now been removed from the Conroe facility, according to an August census of all unaccompanied minor facilities in Texas. Kids had been removed from the Harlingen shelter by mid-July. The non-profit Southwest Key operates more than a third of unaccompanied minor facilities statewide through multi-million dollar federal contracts. Inside Houston’s Newest Migrant Shelter For Unaccompanied TeensThe organization has been under fire for more than a year, especially after they were slated to open a shelter for children under the age of 12 in Houston during the height of the Trump administration’s family separation policy. That shelter, on Emancipation Avenue, is now licensed to hold 16 and 17-year-olds. In July, NPR reported that the federal government is requesting bids on large migrant shelters in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Atlanta and Phoenix. The total capacity of these shelters is 2,500. Here’s a map of the area in #Houston where the govt wants to put a new shelter for #migrant minors who arrive at the #border w/out parents #hounews >> pic.twitter.com/6BaoN34GNn— Elizabeth Trovall (@elizTrovall) July 2, 2019The new Houston shelter will hold 500 migrant children, according to government documents, and will be built in northwest Houston.Some 4,300 children are currently being held in unaccompanied minor facilities statewide. Correction (8/28/19): A previous version of this article stated that there would be three new shelters. It has been updated to reflect that one of the three applications is for a new child placement agency which won’t directly care for migrant kids.  Share Listencenter_img X Courtesy of Southwest KeyInside Casa Sunzal, an unaccompanied minor shelter run by Southwest Key.Texas Health and Human Services has confirmed that applications have come in for two new shelters that would hold migrant youth who arrive at the U.S-Mexico border without a guardian.  The unaccompanied minor facilities are slated for the Rio Grande Valley, in McAllen and Los Fresnos. Lutheran Social Services of the South and CHSI would operate the new facilities. The Los Fresnos shelter would hold children as young as infants and as old as 17, according to documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Another application, for a child placing agency, which would supervise the placement of migrant foster children, is also pending approval. That agency, operated by Foster Texas, would be in Cedar Park, north of Austin. 00:00 /00:40last_img read more

first_img Listen Now Though it may be slightly later to the set-top box party, Amazon is looking to differentiate itself from competitors with a video streamer you can talk to.The ecommerce giant unveiled its long-anticipated Fire TV during a press event in New York this morning — on the very day that the $99 box will be available to ship.And Amazon vice president Peter Larsen took the opportunity to knock the clunky navigation, laggy buffering and closed content ecosystems of competing boxes, as he described them — including those of Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.Related: Amazon Is Now Accepting Returns Through its LockersTo address these issues, Amazon has amped up Fire TV’s specs with a quad-core processor for “three times the processing power of Apple TV and Roku” as well as four times as much memory.To avoid excessive buffering, an Advanced Streaming and Prediction (ASAP) feature “dynamically adapts to your viewing habits,” Amazon said.Perhaps most markedly, quipped Jeff Bezos in a letter on Amazon’s website, “Fire TV has voice search that actually works” — as well as a zany commercial starring Gary Busey to illustrate how viewers can speak the names of titles, actors or genres into their remotes.Related: Aereo to Supreme Court: Our Streaming TV Service ‘Falls Squarely Within the Law’The thin, black, square, 4-inch box represents the latest foray by Amazon into the hardware space following the launch of its revolutionary Kindle family of devices (which also tout a fire-themed name.)While Amazon already offers its own video-streaming service, Amazon Prime — and develops proprietary content via Amazon Studios — Fire TV’s content partners at launch time will include Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Showtime Anytime and many more, though notably not HBO GO.In addition to 200,000 TV episodes and movies, Fire TV is also throwing over 100 games into the mix. A Fire Game Controller will be sold separately for $39.99, and both free and paid games will be available for an average price of $1.85.Users can also stream “millions” of songs from services like Pandora, iHeartRadio and more.Related: Apple and Comcast in Talks to Create Priority TV Streaming Service 2 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.center_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer April 2, 2014last_img read more